Snipping Tool – Take a Screen Shot

Here’s a handy tool that comes with most of the new PC operating systems (Windows 7 and 8) that will allow you to take a quick “Screen Shot” of whatever you are working on.  This will allow you to create a picture file (jpg, png, gif, …) that you could send to someone to show them what you’ve found.  The files can be saved and/or emailed directly to someone right through the software.

This is especially good if you are working with someone who is helping you fix something on your computer.  Instead of trying to describe to them what you are seeing (that error message that doesn’t make any sense to you), you could simply “snip it” and send it to them to read for themselves.

Snipping-Tool

In Windows 7, go to [Start] [All Programs] [Accessories] [Snipping Tool].  You can easily create a shortcut for this and/or pin it to your Taskbar to make it easy to get to whenever you want.

In Windows 8, swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tapping [Search] (or if you’re using a mouse, pointing to the upper-right corner of the screen, moving the mouse pointer down, and then clicking Search), entering [Snipping Tool] in the search box, tapping or clicking Apps, and then tapping or clicking Snipping Tool.

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